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12 Men of Christmas (2009)

A high-powered New York City publicist finds herself in Montana promoting a charity calendar after being betrayed by her boss and fiancé. Unfortunately, matters of the heart are just as complicated in the wilds as they are in the big city.

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Arlene Sanford

Writers:

Jon Maas (teleplay), Phillipa Ashley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristin Chenoweth ... E.J. Baxter
Josh Hopkins ... Will Albrecht
Anna Chlumsky ... Jan Lucas
Erin Dilly ... Roz Baxter
Stephen Huszar ... Jason Farrar
Heather Hanson ... Lillah Sherwood
Jefferson Brown ... Eric
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Mayor Bob Baker
Chantal Perron ... Dr. Marci Hempel
Paul Constable ... Dave Hempel
Aaron Abrams ... Les Pizula
Frank Chiesurin ... Scott Lewis
Peter Mooney ... Noah
Joe Norman Shaw ... Eddie
Jessie Pavelka ... Henry Diepeveen
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E.J. Baxter has what she considers the trifecta of New York perfection: the perfect job as a PR executive with Lillah Sherwood's firm where she is the miracle maker; the perfect apartment; and the perfect man in her fiancé and coworker, Noah. E.J.'s life comes crashing down just before Christmas when she is fired from her job, and finds out that Noah is cheating on her, which not only leads to her calling off their engagement but changing what were to be their romantic holiday plans. After a few months of not being able to find a job with a reputable rival PR firm because of no one willing to cross Lillah, E.J. is forced to accept one of the two less than perfect jobs offered to her. The job that she accepts from Mayor Bob Baker is to work in Kalispell, Montana - population 19,000 and located hours from a large city - on a one year contract for its tourist board to encourage corporate retreats to the town. E.J. is a fish out of water in Kalispell, but finds that there are some ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Calendar Girls meets The Full Monty

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twelve Men of Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Bear, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Kristin Chenoweth's character talks to her sister about The Wizard of Oz (1939); Chenoweth starred in the Broadway musical production "Wicked" which parallels the story depicted in the classic film. See more »

Quotes

Jason Farrar: You know what gets me? When people have no problem with graphic violence but are horrified by the slightest display of the human body. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we're nuts.
E.J. Baxter: Mmm.
[points to Will across the street]
E.J. Baxter: Speaking of the disapprovers.
Jason Farrar: Ah, Will. He's a piece of work. You know what the thing is? We used to be best friends. We practically grew up together. Then, when his sporting goods stores became successful, he had a chance to help me get the job I really wanted, but instead...
[...]
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Features Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

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What If You Could
(uncredited)
Performed by Toff Thinaud
[Will and EJ dance]
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Watch this and Yule regret it.
11 November 2019 | by southdavidSee all my reviews

I had a lot of fun watching "12 Men of Christmas", that was next on my alphabetical trawl through Sky Movies offerings, not because it was any good - but because it was so bizarrely awful.

After being fired from a New York advertising company after finding her boss in a compromising position with her fiancé, rather than suing for wrongful dismissal, E.J. (Kristen Chenoweth) heads to Montana, with one of the few job offers she can get, to help attract corporate events to the area. Having seen the financial struggles of the local Mountain Rescue team, E.J decides to convince them to pose for a suggestive calendar to help raise funds. With this plan though, she butts heads with Will Albrecht (Josh Hopkins) a local businessman and volunteer.

It should be pointed out, "12 Men of Christmas" is a Hallmark TV movie, so the effort and money spent on it is not that high, still - it's awful. Hilariously so. A shambolic mess of ideas half thought through, then abandoned, or at the very least explored for two minutes before moving on. It's like watching a 90 minute summation of a season of a TV show where each problem that befalls E.J and her plan is immediately resolved without any drama whatsoever. "The calendar needs a corporate sponsor" beat "Here's a sponsor" - "There are people objecting to the content of the calendar" beat "Oh well". The initial premise is way overplayed too, with E.J. acting less like a city girl in the country and more like an alien landing on Earth for the first time. The film also likes to pretend like its established things to play off later. It pretends like there's a relationship between E.J and one of the Model/Rescue team and then hints like he's cheating on her, before ignoring that for most of the rest of the film before resolving the plot point in the end.

It should be said, I like Kristen Chenoweth and she's gamily up for most of the garbage this film wants her to wade through and nobody else, who you would consider an actor, is staggeringly awful (some of the models crow-barred into the rescue team are though). The points I have given then film all come from Chenoweth's appeal, and the fun I had laughing incredulously at it with my wife.


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